10 things to do in Boston this weekend

Virtual events, reopened museums, and more things to do in the Greater Boston area this weekend.

Bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Barlow's. The restaurant closes for good this weekend. Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

With protests against police brutality and vigils honoring George Floyd continuing this week, Massachusetts museums starting to reopen during Phase 3, and many residents continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of things to do this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].

Get lost in the magic of Pixar at the Museum of Science

Following the lead of other Boston museums, the Museum of Science reopened its doors this week, welcoming visitors of all ages to its halls. You won’t have to pay separate admission to check out The Science of Pixar, but you will be required to choose a specific time to visit the exhibit, which was co-created by Pixar and the Museum of Science and now tours museums worldwide.

Join SpeakEasy Stage Company in Celebrating the Black Narrative

Each week, Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company holds a virtual script club, during which people gather to discuss one of the hottest scripts in the theater world. The company is currently in the midst of a series focusing on five plays that explore Black lives, characters, stories, and culture. This Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the discussion will be around “Nollywood Dreams,” a 2018 play by Jocelyn Bioh about a young girl’s dreams of making it in the burgeoning Nigerian film scene in the ‘90s.

“Talking Taste” at the ICA

The ICA is slowly getting back into its groove after reopening to the public in mid-June, reviving one of its beloved standbys on Thursday: Talking Taste. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join chef Michael Ceraldi, owner of Wellfleet’s Ceraldi, for a virtual cooking class, where he’ll teach attendees how to make beet green and Swiss chard gnudi with beetroot fondue. Tickets are $10 or free for ICA members.

Lobster beer dinner with Lamplighter Brewing and Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen

Lamplighter and Brato are once again joining forces to craft a special at-home beer dinner that screams summer. Pre-order a decadent lobster meal and beer pairing for pick-up at Brato on Thursday, then tune in for a virtual call at 7:30 p.m. to walk through the meal’s preparation, pairings, and any other questions you might have about your feast. The meal for two includes lobster and summer corn chowder, lobster roll sliders, Nashville hot fried lobster tails, and a summer berry cobbler, plus a four pack of beer from Lamplighter. 

Lay down a blanket for Picnic on Mars

 In honor of this week’s launch of Perseverance, NASA’s new Mars rover, you can fly over to the Seaport on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Mars-themed picnic. Grab a spot on Seaport Common (85 Northern Ave.) and pick up a complimentary space-inspired picnic kit (while supplies last), which comes with a planet Mars blanket, astronaut ice cream, and kid-friendly NASA activity sheets. Before you settle in for an out-of-this-world performance from local singer-songwriter, Nico Rivers, you can order takeout from nearby eateries like Aceituna Grill, Yoki Express and Tikkaway, as well as Boots on the Moooo’n ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.

Say a final farewell to Barlow’s and Adventure Pub

Two Boston-area establishments — Barlow’s in the Seaport and Adventure Pub in East Arlington — are closing permanently on Friday, and it’s only right to pay them one last visit. Grab a burger at Barlow’s, which opted not to resign its lease due to an uncertain future in the ever-changing Fort Point neighborhood, or settle in for a beer and a game at Adventure Pub, which cited the pandemic as the cause for its closure. “No one can plan for a pandemic, and the inability to gather safely with our community has caused irreparable damage to businesses like ours that depend [on] gathering,” the Adventure Pub team shared. “Unfortunately, this adventure ends here.” 

Head back to the ‘80s at a drive-in movie theater

It’s unofficially ‘80s weekend at drive-in movie theaters in Massachusetts, with the majority of drive-ins showcasing some of the best blockbusters of the decade. Catch a 1985 double feature at the Mendon Twin with “The Goonies” and “Back to the Future”; a “Stand By Me” and “The Goonies” double feature at the Leicester Triple; back-to-back showings of “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” at the Wellfleet Drive-In; a screening of “Big” at the Trustees pop-up drive-in in Plymouth; or join the Griswolds for “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Christmas Vacation” at the Northfield Drive-In.

Celebrate the North End feasts with to-go kits

Like so many other defining events this summer, the North End feasts — many of which take place in August — have been canceled. Ristorante Lucia isn’t letting a pandemic stop the festivities, though. The North End restaurant has launched to-go kits, with each week’s kit benefiting a different feast. For $30 per person, the kit includes a sampling of traditional foods found at each event, like cannolis, calzones, sliders, and arancini. From now until Friday, diners can order a Santa Lucia Feast benefiting the St. Lucy Society; starting Saturday, the Madonna della Cava Feast benefiting the Madonna Della Cava Society will become available. All kits can be ordered online from either the Boston or Winchester location, and must be placed at least one day in advance.

Take a virtual American Summer Road Trip

This Saturday, you can travel across the country and through centuries of American history without leaving your couch thanks to the American Summer Road Trip — a virtual tour of 12 historic sites, including four in Massachusetts. Each tour lasts an hour, starting with the Historic New Bridge Landing in New Jersey at 9 a.m. and finishing with Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in California from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. In between, you can also see virtual tours of Boston’s Faneuil Hall, Stow’s American Heritage Museum, Concord’s Minute Man National Historical Park, and the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, along with six more historic spots in the U.S.

Breathe in, breathe out with Beyond Breath 

To say we’re living in a stress-filled time is putting it lightly. That’s why Art of Living Boston is offering a free, live, interactive workshop teaching Sudarshan Kriya, a rhythmic breathing meditation practice with roots in traditional yoga. The 75-minute class, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, will help you get the most out of an activity you do every second of every day.


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